Good is usually an adjective (which modifies nouns) while well is an adverb (which modifies verbs, adjectives and other adverbs). Let’s see what I’m talking about in examples:
– There are two good restaurants in our street.
– We saw a very good film last night.
– My mobile phone is rather old, but it’s still good.
– Did you have a good time in Paris?
– She doesn’t play tennis, but she can swim well.
– The actors played very well at the theatre last night.
– You will be promoted if you do your work well.
– The reception was very well organized.
Good is often used after linking (or copular) verbs like be, seem, feel, taste, smell, sound or appear to express a state of being, condition or quality:
– I feel good.
– The soup tastes good.
– This idea sounds very good.
Well is rather used with action verbs:
– She plays the piano well.
– They sang very well at the concert last night.
– Thanks to my new glasses, I see well.
As an answer to the question ‘How are you?’, both good and well can be used, but their meaning is different:
– I’m well, I feel well = I’m in good health.
– I’m good, I feel good = I’m happy and everything is fine. (‘I’m good’ is very informal in this meaning and less frequently used)
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